Circle K to install EV chargers at more than 30 Irish forecourts by 2025.
The journey to ensuring Ireland has sufficient electric vehicle (EV) chargers has just accelerated with the news that Circle K is to install EV chargers at more than 30 forecourts across the country.
The business is investing €7m in EV charging infrastructure between now and 2025.
“Ensuring motorists have easy access to charging facilities across the country will play a key role in our transition away from internal combustion engine vehicles”
Gordon Law, managing director of Circle K Ireland said that with EVs at the heart of the Irish Government’s plans to decarbonise the transport sector, as outlined in the Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022 – 2025, Circle K is committed to supporting this strategy through the enhancement of its own EV charging network and growing the EV charging infrastructure nationwide.
Rolling out the future
“We are delighted to be launching our new network of Circle K EV chargers, which will add to our existing EV charging offering provided through our partnerships with the ESB, IONITY and Tesla. Today’s announcement builds on our existing EV offering and confirms our ambition to support Irish motorists in their transition to electric vehicles, helping support the Government’s EV targets. We are excited to introduce our new high-speed, reliable, strategically placed charging points and look forward to welcoming customers to our locations.”
“EV is something we have been extremely focused on for a number of years. Being part of the Circle K global network means we have access to the very latest thinking and key developments on EV charging, especially from our colleagues in Norway who are leading the way in terms of electrification. This, coupled with our expertise locally, puts us in a very strong position to support our customers. We intend to use this expertise in the years ahead to continue adding chargers to our network.”
Circle K’s first own brand EV charger locations have opened this week at Circle K Junction 5, M9, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow and Circle K Junction 14, M8, Gortore, Fermoy, Co. Cork
These first two locations will offer charging speeds of up to 300kW, with future chargers to offer 150kW, giving EV drivers the ability to easily charge their vehicles quick and conveniently.
“We understand the Government’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and we’re committed to developing our business to support this, with EV playing a key role in achieving this target,” said Jonathan Diver, senior director of Fuels at Circle K Ireland.
“We believe we have an important role to play in ensuring a smooth transition to EV usage in this country and plan to roll out a strategic network of EV chargers over the next seven years across Ireland.”
Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, TD, added: “Ensuring motorists have easy access to charging facilities across the country will play a key role in our transition away from internal combustion engine vehicles.”
Main image at top: Gordon Lawlor, managing director of Circle K Ireland, with Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, TD